A new bracelet from the bones of an Aboriginal man and his mother has been designed by a team of Aboriginal artists.
Key points:The team of artists says the bracelet, made from a mixture of human bones and traditional designs, symbolises the pastThe new bracelet is made from the remains of an Indigenous man and an Indigenous womanThe bracelet, named the Ancient Crow, has been given a traditional coat of armsThe team says it’s an expression of their commitment to preserving the past The team behind the new bracelet says it is an expression in honour of the past and the commitment to protecting it.
“The bracelet is an acknowledgment of the connection we have to the past, of the way our culture has changed,” says Dr Lisa Dyer, a designer and member of the Ancient Crows Design Group.
“It is a symbol of the shared history we have shared with the rest of Australia, and it is symbolic of the resilience of our culture, our way of life and our connection to the land.”
The bracelet was created from human bone fragments and traditional Aboriginal designs.
It is based on the bones and skulls of an ancient Crow, a group that lived in the Northern Territory for thousands of years before moving to New South Wales in the 1900s.
It was made in collaboration with the New South Welsh Aboriginal Design Association.
Dr Dyer says the design is an attempt to connect to the Indigenous community of the Northern Australia region.
“We were able to draw on our experience of our people living in this area, which has a rich history and we wanted to make something that is symbolic and meaningful, to show that connection,” she said.
“This bracelet is very much about the connections we have, it is about our history and the history of our community.”
The design has been created by the Ancient Creeks Design Group and the design team have chosen the name Ancient Crow because it is a reflection of the history they have shared.
“Our Aboriginal people are the people that were here before the European settlers came in,” Dr Dyer said.
Dr Mowgli is considered the first person to be born in the Southern Territory, and he lived for almost 10 years in the Territory before he was sold into slavery.
He was one of about 20 Aboriginal people who lived in a shack at the time.
“He was brought to the Southern Islands, where he was taken into a place called the Fort,” Dr Mowlili’s brother told News.
Comau’s Chris Wylie-Byrne said he was impressed by the Aboriginal team’s efforts to recreate the ancient Crow necklace.
“They did a lot of work with the skulls and bones,” he said.
The team say they have made the bracelet out of human bone because it’s a common way of preserving bones in a museum.
“If you look at the Aboriginal people, their ancestors were living in their traditional environment,” Dr Wylle said.”[It’s] a reminder of our history, a reminder that we are the past.”
The Ancient Crow necklace was designed by Dr Dyrker and the team says the bracelets are an expression, in honour, of their heritage.
“I hope they are a reminder to the rest, to the future generations of people of Indigenous ancestry, that their past is still relevant, that the stories that we tell about our heritage, their stories are still important and that the future belongs to us, not to them,” Dr Glyn Wylly said.
Topics:history,history,people,aboriginal-aboriginals,australiaFirst posted November 02, 2019 11:07:55More stories from New South Australia